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Tuesday, May 24 • 17:00 - 18:00
The effect of shearing on sheep feeding and behaviour

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Sheep for live export may be shorn in the immediate period before shipping, to limit wool cover and so improve heat loss. Shearing can contribute to increased stress, and there are concerns this may lead to inappetance. In this study, 600 sheep were fitted with Radio Frequency Identification tags detected by antennae, to determine time and frequency of feed and water trough attendance. The sheep were shorn on day 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, and compared to an unshorn group. Ethograms were generated through analysis of video footage of the sheep taken one hour after shearing. There was no difference in time spent at feed or water troughs between any treatment groups on any day, nor any behavioural states or events. This suggests that shearing may occur on any day during the pre-embarkation feedlot period, and that current management practices do not disrupt time spent feeding

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Teresa Collins

Murdoch University
Teresa Collins is a veterinary and PhD graduate from Sydney University. After some years in practice, she moved west, where she lectures in Animal Welfare and Ethics at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Murdoch University. Teresa has completed membership and examined for the Animal... Read More →


Tuesday May 24, 2016 17:00 - 18:00 ACST
City Room 3 Adelaide Convention Centre

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